- Cayman Islands dollar
Cayman Islands dollar 1992 25 cent coin ISO 4217 code KYD User(s) Cayman Islands (UK) Inflation -0.1% Source , march 2009 Subunit 1/100 cent Symbol $ Coins 1, 5, 10, 25 cents Banknotes 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100 dollars Central bank Cayman Islands Monetary Authority Website www.cimoney.com.ky
The Cayman Islands Dollar (currency code KYD) is the currency of the Cayman Islands. It is abbreviated with the dollar sign $, or alternatively CI$ to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. It is subdivided into 100 cents. It is the 9th-highest-valued currency unit in the world and the highest-valued dollar unit.
The Cayman Islands dollar was introduced in 1972, replacing the Jamaican dollar at par. Jamaican currency and Cayman Islands then remained both legal tender until 1 August 1972 when Jamaican currency ceased to be legal tender. The Cayman Islands dollar has been pegged to the United States dollar at 1 Cayman Islands dollar = 1.2 U.S. dollars since 1 April 1974.
In 1972, coins in denominations of 1¢, 5¢, 10¢ and 25¢ were introduced. The 1¢ was struck in bronze, with the other denominations in cupronickel. From 1992, copper and nickel-plated steel replaced bronze and cupronickel, respectively.
In 1972, the Cayman Islands Currency Board introduced notes in denominations of 1, 5, 10 and 25 dollars. 40 dollar notes were introduced in 1981 but were taken out of circulation a few years later, followed by 100 dollars in 1982 and 50 dollars in 1987. In 1997, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) took over issuance of paper money, issuing notes for 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 dollars.
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The Cayman Islands dollar is an off-shoot of the Jamaican dollar which is essentially a half pound sterling. Jamaica followed the pattern of South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand in that when it adopted the decimal system, it decided to use the half-pound unit as opposed to the pound unit of account. The choice of the name "dollar" was motivated by the fact that the reduced value of the new unit corresponded more closely to the value of the US dollar than it did to the pound sterling.
- Cayman Islands Monetary Authority
- Central banks and currencies of the Caribbean
- Economy of the Cayman Islands
- ^ Cayman Islands Government Notice No. 126 of 1972, proclamation No. 2 of 1972, dated 7th July, 1972
- ^ Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (2005-12-14). "The History of Cayman Islands Currency". Archived from the original on 2007-08-22. http://web.archive.org/web/20070822183004/http://www.cimoney.com.ky/section/currency/default.aspx?id=65. Retrieved 2007-09-17.
- Krause, Chester L. and Clifford Mishler (1991). Standard Catalog of World Coins: 1801–1991 (18th ed. ed.). Krause Publications. ISBN 0873411501.
- Pick, Albert (1994). Standard Catalog of World Paper Money: General Issues. Colin R. Bruce II and Neil Shafer (editors) (7th ed.). Krause Publications. ISBN 0-87341-207-9.
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